I couldn't find another thread so I decided to start this one. Akiko may have had a rough showing at Japanese nationals and Worlds, but I still think she's one of the premier ladies in skating today. I'm really hoping that, as Japan has three ladies spots open, that Akiko gets one and medals in Sochi. I know she's 27 years old but she skates like she's 10 years younger. I don't know how she can top the creativity of her programs from this season but I'm anxiously awaiting what she'll do next season.